Then they made pink Lego …. and the world ended.

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Before I had kids I had very clear ideas about my kids playing with non-gender specific toys.

What I actually meant was I did not want Connor playing with guns.

I grew up in a home where we had a wall of rifles mounted on our lounge – we were fancy like that.

Guns were around and we had free access.

I don’t mean they were in a safe and we knew where the key was.  I mean that there was a sawn-off double barreled shotgun that lay on my father’s side table, and it was there pretty much any time you felt an overriding urge to pick it up and go on the rampage at the local post office.

The bullets/shot gun casings were cleverly hidden in the top drawer.

My point is we did not play with toy guns – because we had the real shit right there.

As an adult I just did not wanted my kids to play with guns.  I just didn’t and don’t.  I am not sure of the reason. I do not buy my kids toy guns, and when ever we were given one, it would make its way out of the house.

I also do not allow my kids to watch wrestling.

I also hate boys wearing vests (not the boys, just the vests).  I am not sure what it is that makes me recoil in horror when I see a boy/man in a vest.

I did dress my girls in pink when they came along.  I realised that somewhere a feminist was burning her suffragettes’ card in horror – but none the less I bought pink with abandon.

Vests I had a problem with, girls in pink were no issue for me.

Then I saw the girls’ toy aisle at most toy stores, crammed with plastic irons, ironing boards, microwaves and cleaning kits.

I shat myself a bit, pulled my hair in distress, and thought about forming a one woman picket line outside Toys ‘r Us with a crudely made sign from a 5 litre wine box.

Then my girls started asking for the cleaning kits, and wanting the little plastic iron, and being envious they did not have the cleaning apron as well.

Years ago, I took great umbrage to what was stocked at toy stores – I  wanted my girls to aspire to something more than wanting to get their toilet bowl smelling lemony clean and shiny.

When all is said and done, I have tried to just calm the fk down and if the girls want to purchase Lego because it is pink, then let them, if Connor wants to make a “toy gun” from macaroni and a  pencil, then let him.

I  had ideals.  And then I  had kids.

I have realised that the fact that the toy stores stock “cleaning and household” products in the girls’ toy aisle is less important than the fact that my girls do not know what twerking is.

I had ideals about parenting.  Then I realised that I  am going to be driving to the same primary school for fourteen years.

Many many other things started to fade away into obscurity at that point.

I had ideals about how I wanted to parent my children.  Then life got in the way, and some days it is just easier to give your girl child a Barbie and sort of keep quiet about Barbie and everything she represents.

People are losing their minds about Lego releasing “pink and purple” bricks and figurines aimed at catching girl children’s interest. Then I say people are going off pop,  I am not even hinting at the shit storm that I saw all over social media platforms.

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I am not seeing the issue.  {yes I have read the various opinions and the horror and apocalypse that appears to be happening due to the release of pink Lego}

Shall we argue around in circles that Lego was already unisex?  Yes let’s.

Of course boys and girls played with Lego.

I  doubt (and I have not conducted an intricate scientific study) that girls are less excited about Lego than boys are.   I wish they were, but the reality is that girls aren’t.

Girls just do not get all excited by traditional Lego.

If adding some pink and purple blocks and a few female/girly looking figures gets girls more interested in playing with Lego – well, then I am actually pro the new idea.

If you wish to protest it based on your map of the world, and that you feel that boys and girls should be equally drawn to the “non-gender specific blocks” on the market, then goody for you.  Pop along and buy a few Star Wars ones and present it at the next party as a gift to the girl in question, see how that goes.

Short story.   I had ideals about parenting.  Reality unfortunately crept in.  I adjust my parenting map of the world accordingly.

Pink Lego = non issue in my universe.

I still do not let my boy child wear a vest.

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5 Comments

  1. therealjulz

     /  December 6, 2013

    I hate vest t shirts too!!!!!!! Oh and I loved plauing with lego when I was young. I made houses and caravans and let’s just say that it was really hard to have creative flair when you only habe primary colours so bring on the pibk and purple!!!!!!

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  2. Alexandra

     /  December 6, 2013

    We have ideals about parenting and then we have children, the two seem mutually incompatible.

    My daughter likes Barbies and my son likes guns – neither reinforced by family or television so I’m guessing it must be genetic or perhaps peer pressure.

    And I would just like to point out that Barbie has been an astronaut, a vet, a doctor, a dentist, a paleontologist, a firefighter, a paratrooper, a president, a nascar driver, a surgeon among many other (and some less glorious) careers.

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  3. Claire

     /  December 6, 2013

    Seriously, people have their knickers in a knot because of pink lego !!! Good grief, I think it is an awesome idea…girls also need to know how to put things together and if it takes pink lego to help them, then I am all for it…hell my boys have pink lego cos their little knight figurines need princesses to rescue (a whole other parental debate I guess), but that’s the way they role

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  4. My daughter adores the pink Lego. It helps her keep her Lego separate from the great amorphous Lego collection that is slowly taking over my house. I would have liked pink Lego. It is just pink Lego not a revolution.

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  5. Jenny

     /  December 6, 2013

    hear hear – could not agree more. My toddler’s world would end without pink in it. It’s genetic. And thankfully, like shitting in your pants, doesn’t last too long.

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